ESL Halloween Party

A Halloween Party for international students on Friday, October 26, 2012. It was most students first Halloween Party and my first video on an iphone and uploaded to youtube, an evening of firsts!!


Free Toliet Paper!

Free Toliet Paper!

This is why you should bring your own!

Don’t be a tourist. Plan less. Go slowly. I traveled in the most inefficient way possible and it took me exactly where I wanted to go. — National Geographic’s Andrew Evans, on his 40 day, 40 bus journey from Washington D.C. to Antarctica. Watch his refreshing TEDx Talk (18 min).

Where did my luggage go?

My plane had landed and I was finally at my destination.  I could smell the sweet smell of the ocean and feel the beaming sun!  I couldn’t wait to get my luggage, check into my hotel and head to the beach!

I raced to the carasoel to grab my luggage. The blond lady, with the 2 noisy kids grabbed her pink suitcases, the tall thin man with the bad BO that was sitting beside you grabs his red and white suitcase and so on and so on. People frantically pushed me out of the way to grab their bags and soon I realized that I was  only one standing there, waiting. Everyone else had their luggage and was leaving the airport, except for me.

A little man with a curly black hair and big black eyes looks at me and says, ‘no luggage?”  I shrugged my shoulders and replied,”no lugggage.”

Earlier that day, I had specifically put everything, including my toothbrush, razer, sunscreen and nailclippers into my luggage. I had put nothing in my daypack because I was one of those people that always gets hassled at the airport so I figured this would save me time! And here I was in Cuba with a phrasebook and a passport.  So, what did I do:

Went to the little office in the airport to describe my bag. How large was this bag! Now, I hadn’t taken note of the exact measurements, but was able to pick it out of the line up of black backpacks.

Phoned the airline company to notify them in which I was told I would receive $75.00/day-not a lot for a resort town as I soon found out!

Took a taxi to my hotel

Went shopping for flipflops, bathing suit, toothbrush, etc..

Day 2: To be continued

Stories to share

Are you new to Calgary?  Do you have a funny, serious, surprising story to share about your time in Calgary.  Maybe you go lost? Maybe you had issues at the airport, experienced a new holiday, met an amazing or horrible Calgarian!

If you would like to share your story, please  let me know


A few packing tips

Are you travelling for the first time or is your 30th time?  Important items you should pack in your daypack.

  • Zip Lock Bags.  This will keep your things from getting wet should you find yourself in a massive rainstorm, hurricane or Tsumnia.  Put everything you don’t want to get wet in baggies!
  • Toliet Paper.  Extra toliet paper or kleenex is always good to have.  You may find yourself in a country that does not have a lot of toliet paper, charges for toliet paper or you may be stranded somewhere where you only are surrounded by leaves! You will be thanking yourself (or me) when you pull out some toliet paper.
  • Soup (yes soup).  While it is always nice to try the food in different countries, there may come a time where you are ill and just want some homemade soup (well, you may have to settle for liptons soup as you may not have access to a big pot or mom).
  • Granoloa Bars: This is similar to soup.  If you are hungry and just want a snack, it may be nice to have something familiar to pull out of your backpack! Not to mention, the country you are in may not sell granola bars or any quick snacks like this at midnight when you are craving a snack!
  • Advil: It is always easier to pack extra advil, then hunt for this in another country.  It can also cost more and is an unnecessary expense which you could be spending on other important things-like that zipline ride you have always wanted to take!
  • Toenail Clippers: Yes, you heard this right.  It is not easy to find toenail clippers in some countries such as Cuba! This is close to my heart as I spent a week looking for toenail clippers in a small town in Cuba.  Apparently they only had 1 and it had sold.. Frustrating to watch as my toenails grew and caused me pain!

This is it for now, but if I think of anything else I will keep you posted.